Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

Bach and the Lute

Daniel Swenberg, lute

In recent seasons of the Carmel Bach Festival, we have become accustomed to observing the lute as a participating instrument in medium and small ensembles. Gorgeous to look at, but sometimes almost too muted to hear, some have assumed that the lute serves as an eye-candy relic of a lost tradition from the Renaissance and early Baroque. Well, that perception is about to change for a privileged few.

I say, “for a privileged few,” since the two presentations of “Bach and the Lute,” in the limited-seat foyer at Sunset Center were among the first events at Carmel Bach Festival 2019 to sell out. If you haven’t already obtained tickets to the intimate Sunset Center Foyer concert “Bach and the Lute,” you are out of luck, but for those of us already with tickets, we are in for one of the most interesting chamber concerts to be heard at Carmel Bach Festival 2019. The concert takes place on Wednesday, July 17 and 24, at 1:00 pm in the Foyer at Sunset Center.

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Emil Khudyev, clarinetist, at Hidden Vally

Emil Khudyev

Hidden Valley’s six-concert Masters Festival continues Monday, July 22nd at 7:30 pm with Emil Khudyev, Associate Principal Clarinet of The Seattle Symphony. Hidden Valley Theatre is located at 104 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, California. Admission is $25.00, available online at www.hiddenvalleymusic.orgor by calling (831) 659-3115.

Associate Principal Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony, Emily Khudyev has performed with such orchestras as The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Khudyev was appointed instructor of clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2014 and served as the acting Associate Principal Clarinet, Second and E-flat Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. He has attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, The Colorado College Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival.

Every year, Hidden Valley offers talented young musicians the opportunity to study with some of the world’s top musicians. This year’s master musicians perform in Hidden Valley’s annual Masters Festival presented in the intimate Hidden Valley Theatre.

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Carmel Bach Festival — Wednesday Evening Concerts at the Mission

Carmel Bach Festival Mission Concerts

Festival concerts at the Carmel Mission Basilica inspire listeners with their stunning beauty and joy. The 2019 edition, “Christmas at the Mission,” furthers that tradition and is presented Wednesdays, July 17 and 24, 8:30 pm, at the Carmel Mission Basilica. “These concerts are the final chapter of the Christmas Oratorio journey, coupled with a set of beautiful a cappella works by Arvo Pärt, the great Estonian ‘spiritual minimalist,’” says associate conductor Andrew Megill. “Pärt’s Seven Magnificat Antiphons, sprinkled throughout the program, are meditative, trance-like, and transcendent.”

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Carmel Music presents its 2019-2020 Season

Pianist Olga Kern

Since 1927 the Carmel Music Society has presented concerts by more that 500 great classical music artists and ensembles from around the world, and its 93rd Season continues this long tradition. Welcomed back are three Carmel Favorites: British violinist Daniel Hope, Russian pianist Olga Kern, and Nicolas McGegan plus the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, with soprano Sherezade Panthaki. New to its series are the young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, the Modigliani String Quartet from Paris, and American pianist Vanessa Perez.

Especially impressive this season is the Carmel Music Society’s spectacular new web page (https://www.carmelmusic.org/) redesigned by David Gordon, containing not only in-depth details about each event, but with links to performances and interviews by each performer.

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Cellist Janneke Hoogland & Pianist James Neiman at Del Mesa

In a late afternoon recital, we had an opportunity yesterday to hear a performance by two relatively new arrivals on the Monterey Peninsula, cellist Janneke Hoogland and pianist James Neiman. They performed works for cello and piano by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff for a capacity audience of family, friends and residents of Del Mesa Carmel.

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